BERLIN — Writer-helmer Dani Levy’s hit comedy “Go for Zucker!” won six Lolas, including film, director, script and actor, at the German Film Awards on Friday.
The comedy from Berlin-based X Filme, about an inveterate gambler, womanizer and liar forced to rediscover his Jewish roots when his estranged family visit from Israel while he’s trying to win big in a local pool tournament, has proven a box office and critical success. A re-release is sure to follow.
Pic was the odds-on-favorite to sweep the 55th German Film Awards, the first organized by the newly formed German Film Academy. There were few surprises (unless one counts the Academy’s transparent-as-mud, massively complex nomination process passing over Oscar-nommed local and export smash hit “Downfall”) at the ceremony, held in Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall.
“Zucker” thesp Henry Hubchen took one of the evening’s swipes at the Fuhrer when, during his acceptance speech, he said, “I beat Hitler! It’s great!”
Supporting actor prize went to Burghart Klaussner for his role as the hostage in “The Edukators.” Pic also took a Silver Lola, together with “Sophie Scholl,” whose up-and-coming star Julia Jentsch shed a tear while collecting her actress statuette.
Supporting actress winner was Katja Riemann for her turn as a frustrated politician’s frustrated wife in Oskar Roehler’s dysfunctional family drama “Agnes and His Brothers.”
The Federal Office for Cultural & Media Affairs sponsored the event to the tune of $3.4 million in prizes, with $1.6 million to the three top films. Culture Minister Christina Weiss affirmed official support and continued subsidies for all things art and artistic.
Hosting the festivities was comedian Michael “Bully” Herbig (“Manitu’s Shoe,” “Dreamship Surprise”).
While not every gag flew, Herbig’s swipe at “Downfall” producer and Academy founder Bernd Eichinger certainly did, and acceptance speeches were kept mercifully short at the well-organized ceremony.
After-party saw winners, losers and a broad spectrum of German industryites eating, drinking and dancing into the early hours.
Show aired on pubcaster ARD.
“Go for Zucker!” Gold Lola
“The Edukators,” Silver
“Sophie Scholl,” Silver
Dani Levy, “Go for Zucker!”
Julia Jentsch, “Sophie Scholl”
Henry Hubchen, “Go for Zucker!”
Katja Riemann, “Agnes and His Brothers”
Burghart Klaussner, “The Edukators”
“Rhythm Is It!”
Hans-Gunther Bucking, “Snowland”
Dirk Grau, Martin Hoffmann, “Rhythm Is It!”
Ari Hantke, “The Ninth Day”
Lucie Bates, “Go for Zucker!”
Niki Reiser, “Go for Zucker!”
Gregor Kuschel, Hubertus Rath, Thomas Riedelsheimer, Christoph von Schonburg, Marc von Stuerler, “Touch the Sound”
Holger Franke, Dani Levy, “Go for Zucker!”